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PBS
Aug 29, 2013 11:30pm PDT
voted to reject military action. the boat leaves the u.k.'s foreign policy in syria in question. divisions run deep inside of parliament and among the public. >> syrians outside of the british parliament, chanting their strongly held view that the government of bashar al- assad should be punished for war crimes. a little earlier, the streets of the british capital had echoed to the sounds of those opposed to military action. >> what happened in iraq 10 years ago still weighs heavily on british opinion. we went to war then, it did not work out. accusations we went to war on a false permits. today british people are very reluctant for british troops to get involved in any form in the middle east. >> in parliament, calls for a debate on the syrian crisis, consensus was in a state of collapse. u.k. prime minister david cameron saying the evidence that chemical weapons were used was compelling. >> eyewitness accounts of chemical-filled rockets being used against opposition-control areas. we have thousands of social media reports and 95 different videos, horrific videos, documenting t
FOX News
Aug 22, 2013 5:00pm EDT
screwed up the foreign policy. i am not even sure what his foreign policy is, we draw a red line for syria that they cross twice. >> do you know what your foreign policy is? what is your alternative foreign policy? >> in what respect -- >> i listen to krauthammer, who granted is a smart guy. he understands his role very well, but is not an expert on the middle east. >> pull the funding. >> here you got the conservatives, some conservatives and liberals staying very quiet about this. and not be willing to stand up with obama on this. nobody wants to take that money away from the generals, because they did the one thing that y'all wanted, which was get rid of the brotherhood. and that is why mubarak is out of jail, because those were his people. >> we put the muslim brotherhood -- >> we put them in power? >> yeah, we did, we funded them. we didn't want mubarak, so we funded -- >> the arab spring, there were a lot of different quarters. i do agree that some people have come back around and said now looking back, hindsight is 20/20, we should have just kept mubarak. on the syrian portion
FOX Business
Aug 24, 2013 10:00am EDT
time on the same show. so, let's rejoin the conversation for a look at obama's foreign policy. >> going to go to brian now. about president obama's successes in foreign policy. >> can you spell egypt? >> you guys could spare with me, i'm going to read them all. just one second. >> gets a little boring. >> got it here somewhere. >> who got gadhafi? which one got bin laden? >> we doept have any successes to speak of, disasters to reflect on. the latest one is egypt. i have an idea. i'm pretending to cut off aid i've already given, so i'm going to think about doing it. wait a second, senator leahy says quietly, democrat, quietly, we've already taken a portion and denied them this. really? the white house says we have not made the decision. other democrats don't know they've made the decision. this is a little philosophical, tom. if you cut off aid and don't tell anyone, does anyone hear it? >> what the problem is what you're referring to. we're trying to play it both ways. we don't want to make anybody mad. the problem is this is a war and we have a war, last time i checked, we have a war
CSPAN
Aug 25, 2013 1:45pm EDT
monitor's diplomatic reporter, joining us for a discussion about u.s. foreign- policy challenges, particularly focusing on syria and egypt and the middle east in general. we will start with a look at a headline this morning -- obama reviews response options in attack to syria -- this is the "washington post" headline. the president met yesterday with his national security team. what are they trying to figure out? they're trying to figure out how they could respond to this redline issue with. . the president has come out and said the use of chemical weapons would be the crossing of the red line and that would suggest or that was red in the media here in washington as a warning from president obama that the use of chemical weapons would trigger some kind of surgical military strike by the united states. they are debating, i think, what to do. is it time for the united states to do some kind of military strike or how could they talk their way out of not doing that and telling the international community we can move forward with our syria policy even if chemical weapons are being use
PBS
Aug 23, 2013 8:30pm PDT
currently in power to review the impact of technology on security, on privacy, and on foreign policy, then issue its interim report on this technology by october and a final report by december. question, how would you describe president obama's change of position since june when he said, quote unquote, the right balance was struck between privacy and security and his new reform. balance them both out r. the president's views regarding privacy evolving, or is this a massive presidential about turn, a flip-flop? ellen. >> i don't think president obama wanted to be the democratic president that expanded the national security state, and the various disclosures that have come out since he made those initial statements in june saying he was okay with the balance has indicated that the, you know, spying, if you will, on americans is more widespread than we all initially thought. and so i think he's open to reigning this in. those are all reasonable steps you outlined. i imagine congress is looking at a way. but i still think he's not going to back away from basically continuing the programs that
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 9:00am PDT
about your transformation on foreign policy. and a lot of people feel you should be allowed to change your mind. but if you want credit as a speaker, as an author, a journalist, or as a diplomat, isn't it too little, too late? >> a lot of people supported the war in iraq, actually. not many of them i think actually decided to write an entire book about how they were wrong. that's something i spent a lot of time doing. i didn't know how to continue writing about american foreign policy credibly unless i actually figured out how i had gotten so wrong. probably also had to do with the fact that a family member of mine spent a lot of time in iraq, in the u.s. military. i think colin powell was in retrospect, sure, in retrospect, would have been great if he had resigned in a blaze of glory. sadly, he was -- he ended up being part of a process that led to one of the greatest foreign policy disasters in american history. >> well, i mean, it was -- obviously a mistake made broadly by people across the political spectrum both within the bush administration and outside it. and i think it's some
FOX Business
Aug 25, 2013 11:00pm EDT
often mocked the foreign policy of president george w. bush. but as president himself, obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy folies and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarssing consequences.% . former egyptian president hosni mubarak, president obama helped force him from power more than two years ago, today was ordered to be released from prison by an egyptian court. to be released within 48 hours. mubarak's release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. it follows the ouster of the muslim brotherhood from power and mr. obama's president of choice, mohamed morsi. the violent and deadly clashes between the military-run government and muslim brotherhood and, in fact, -- have backed protest to the wall and they are responding. continuing with violence and all likelihood this friday wn morsi supporters reportedly will conduct what tey call a day of martyrs. and no relief for president obama in syria either. assad opposition forces claiming more than 1,000 civilians were killed ain chemical gas attacks today on the outskirts of damas
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 11:00am EDT
information in the coming days. foreign policy magazine now beginning to put out the information that american as they say spies, cia is the implication, had picked up telephone calls taking place one week ago between syrian generals in the military, and syrian generals who control the stockpile of chemical weapons speaking back and forth about what has happened. what have we done? or what has this done? has there been a launch of some sort? so that is a critical -- piece of information. this is a foreign policies magazine statement that indicates within the syrian military, there was some confusion, and angst over what took place and who might have authorized it. all of this leading to a lot more tension on the ground. >> the un inspectors are back on the ground today. the first time they left their hotel, they were shot at. what about today? >> today they are being protected by rebel forces, and they are back on the ground in the region a little bit east of downtown damascus where the worse of the chemical weapons attacks took place. so they are doing their work on the ground. they
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 2:00am PDT
. he effectively lost control of foreign policy at a critical time and the papers this morning show this. here we have the "daily mail" saying with the headline the humbling of cameron. and all the papers pointing out the fact that the mp rejected the syria strikes. it raises strikes for britain and its role in the world is going to be i'm sure a period of national soul searching. also it questions the special relationship with the u.s. mr. cameron stood alongside mr. obama but that's not going to happen. >> thanks so much for that. now we turn to ahmen who is reporting live from the middle east. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's still a very tense situation here despite that uk vote that seems to have taken that momentum on a possible military strike. the lebanese foreign minister warned any attack on syria would destabilize syria and lebanon. there's the growing concern that a strike on syria would widen the conflict. meanwhile the situation here remains tense. the lebanese government has beefed up security across the border and internally as well and there are growing
CNN
Aug 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
. the saddest part is it's a mess that foreign policy experts and analysts predicted two years ago. turkey has been begging for our intervention -- >> why isn't turkey intervening itself? for a very good reason. because they know if they intervene, there's no way for them to get out and they have unrest at home. the turkish people don't support intervention. we need to ask why our allies aren't intervening. >> the turkish -- >> one at a time. >> there's evidence that they used chemical weapons on a very large scale and i think that action is imminent. b when i say we have to wait to see what the president does, we are not in the situation room where we look at the intelligence. i have been there and i'm not going to second guess what the president is going to do because he is looking at the evidence and we're not. >> the president has changed his red line three times the first red line was moving or using chemical weapons around. the second was using chemical weapons. the third red line that we just heard in the interview with chris cuomo was using chemical weapons in a mass scale.
CNN
Aug 29, 2013 1:00pm PDT
any administration is in foreign policy avoid unwinnable situations. now, from the beginning president obama was a trying to differentiate his foreign policy from his predecessors. how might his differentiation contribute to the unwinnable situation that he faces right now? >> it's not so much as differentiation that's led to the situation. at the beginning when he first became president, he reached out to the world, as he said, with an open hand hoping that the world in return, particularly in some of these more difficult countries, that there would not be a clenched fist against him. unfortunately, the people with whom he was communicating that message don't believe in the power of words, they believe in the power of action and they have no come pungs of killing their own people in large numbers, as we are seeing in syria. butt the trap the president set almost for is one, bashar al assad has to go and, two, there's a red line with chemical weapons. that politically meant a commitment that he painted himself into a corn corn and now we find out if he doesn't respond, assad
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2013 6:00pm PDT
chemical weapons so they did and thanks to the documents unearthed by "foreign policy" today, now we know that the u.s. government knew about it, and the cia thought at the time that that use of chemical weapons gave iraq a pretty effective battlefield advantage in this war we desperately wanted them to win. still, though, i mean, nerve gas and chemical weapons? no matter how much the reagan administration loved saddam hussein and wanted them to win that war, we are supposed to be outraged by anyone using chemical weapons, no matter who uses them. react publicly to the use of chemical weapons the way john kerry did today. i've seen john kerry give speeches and comments in his life. as secretary of state, i've never seen him more outraged or emphatic about any public issue as he was today. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. this is about the large-scale in
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 1:00am PDT
detail in recently declassified cia documented just been published by "foreign policy" magazine today. the cia knew all this was happening in iran and iraq as it was happening. "iraq had begun using nerve agents on the al basrah front. if iraq starts using nerve agents in large quantities, tehran will have to rethink its war strategy. iran's human wave tactics are susceptible to nerve agent attacks. if iran does not achieve a major military victory by this winter, it probably will not be able to in the future. those iranians would probably suffer morale problems and likely to flee the battlefield. so said the cia. all of these documents from 1983, 1984, when these attacks were happening showing the u.s. government, the reagan administration, then, knew it was happening. they knew iraq was using chemical weapons, even nerve gas in its war against iran, but the u.s. government did not say anything about it. remember, in that war, the united states picked sides. we picked iraq. between iran and iraq, we picked iraq. when iran went to the united nations to say, hey, the iraqis are b
CSPAN
Aug 25, 2013 7:00am EDT
unemployed. host: thank you for calling. we will talk about u.s. foreign policy and egypt later. the headline this morning -- from the region, this is "an associated press rick port -- and associated per -- this is an "associated press" report -- calls to oklahoma, -- calls, davis is on our -- fact two back to calls. davis is on our republican line in oklahoma. caller: i worked as a systems analyst in the transitional. between -- in the transitional period between the 1960s and 2000. the word "job" is becoming an anachronism. i urge them to plan a lifetime of contracting, as contractors. groundswellogical we are living through now is ,ust the beginning of a time when the key to success is not the job you have but what you can do. is ill-equipped to respond on the short term to these lightning quick changes in technology. we have a lot of thinking to do as a society about how to build a workforce that can be stable in this world of constant change. host: you mentioned this idea of being a contractor. inherenta certain instability? if you look, in comparison, to somebody who is an actor who is
CNBC
Aug 30, 2013 4:00am EDT
decision about foreign policy. this is no longer just about chemical weapons being used in syria. this is now about basically iran and the broader region. we have iran influencing everything happening in syria at this point, the fallout there being in lebanon, in turkey. we also have the threat of a nuclear weapons program in iran. if president obama were to look weak on iran, what that means is inevitably there would be questions about his foreign policy. in politics, you can make and break promises every day but on foreign policy you want to stay strong. some are pushing back on the president, asking for more evidence month, time. congress is out of session now. who knows how long that kind of delay would setback any kind of missile action, missile strike. >> unlike the british parliament which makes fairly binding on the government, the president of the united states is commander in chief, can do what he likes and said we're going to take action. he can't hide behind -- he can't change his mind behind the fact, i don't have a choice. >> exactly th. this is iran. he's been couc
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 10:00pm EDT
foreign policy roots that they think were highjacked by you the neoconservatives after 9/11. newt gingrich had been very supportive of neoconservative foreign policy principles and policies but recently said that the iraq war and other failures in foreign policy behoove the republicans to ask hard questions like those posed by senator paul. you see this in the lead up to the presidential race in 2016, a real determination by some in the republican party to try to take the party back. >> you mentioned vice president biden seems solidly behind a strike on syria. let's listen to what he said on tuesday. >> the president believes and i believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable. >> consulting congress does not seem to be on the top of his agenda now. back when he was running for vice president in 2007, he had something very different to say when president bush was talking about possibly attacking iran because of its nuclear weapons program. >> if he takes us to war in iran without congressional approval,
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 12:00pm PDT
foreign policy. we see it again in the fact that there's a basic bipartisan trust of him, even on syria, a difficult issue. if you run through the numbers, he caught bin laden, he managed the arab spring quite effectively, he unwound two wars, which he promised to do. he's drastically improved global views of the united states. in many ways, he's brought detention policies and guantanamo back at least within the rule of law. i've talked about some of my criticisms there, but much better than his predecessor, who left him a mess. i see this as a tremendous foreign policy presidency that doesn't often get viewed that way because people are rightfully, understandably focused on jobs or the inside of your house, so to speak. >> i love how you brought that thing back together. >> you could learn a thing or two. >> 13 years later, you could say we are not in a better place, though. presidents aside, the american people are in no better place. we still have no sense of what our goals are in the middle east. you know, the next two months are going to be incredibly consequential for the pr
CNN
Aug 29, 2013 10:00am PDT
own foreign policy decisions that are in our national security interests. let me read a brief segment of the foreign secretary statement. he said the united states are able to make their own decisions, of course. we will remain closely coordinated and in close touch with them as we are every day. i speak to my counterpart of day and have done so this evening. so of course they will be able to make their own decisions, but we will continue tore determined the world should reject the use of chemical weapons and the united kingdom has a role to play in that. we certainly welcome the role the united kingdom has to play in that. >> just to bounce off roberta's question, is there a concern about waiting too long that delays could make the mission more complicated? if you wait until after the g20 visit, for example, have you given the syrians plenty of time to position themselves for any kind of response that might come. what about that concern? >> you have heard the president talk about in other settings outside of the situation in syria. talking about the conduct of foreign policy and how
MSNBC
Aug 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
that congress really seriously involves itself in making foreign policy and making decisions like this. congress has been happy to sort of yield to the president and the executive branch, not just with president obama. we saw it with libya and the same thing with the strategic agreements that president bush signed that were not subject to confirmation by the senate. that essentially if it were treaties, congress and the last generation, you have a lot of members that were not experts on foreign policy, not an issue they were elected on. they're confronted with this, their big fears are something being put on the record. the authorized force comes back to haunt them. or maybe conversely, you think back to the 1991 vote, that was a very contentious vote that didn't get through, there were democrats that wanted to run for president in 1992, where they couldn't win. members of congress just don't want to be bothered with this generally. >> and chris also, i think we're in a different place in terms of where the republican party is on foreign policy. and they have these two wings that
CNN
Aug 28, 2013 10:00am PDT
policy. in it you say, there's a quote, in foreign affairs, regarding obama, he seems risk averse at using force and even diplomacy. there are no big diplomacy initiatives. there is little peace effort in the middle east. we used to have a whole part of our foreign policy we called the america the peacemaker. we don't do that anymore. do you still believe there's not a big peace objective when it comes to this administration? >> no, i don't think there will be a large peace initiative in syria. the situation that the president faces is that he threatened the leader of syria bashar assad not to use chemical weapons. said that that would cross a red line. assad didn't believe him. he used chemical weapons several months ago. and now he's used chemical weapons again. so president obama is taking what i think may be called the minimum necessary course of action here, which is to respond in a punitive way, and probably not in a large way, but rather to attack a set of targets associated with perhaps the launching of chemical weapons like missile launchers or airfields where chemical bombs
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 6:00am PDT
president obama's numbers. 41% approve his foreign policy handling. to me, those are really tough numbers. the public is saying, we're not sure we approve of how this has been sold so far. >> correct me if i'm wrong, and i follow this stuff pretty closely, foreign policy has long been a place where he was stronger than, say, where he was on the economy, when it relates to people supporting his position, correct? >> i think this is several years after the bin laden killing. which that boosted his numbers. it is interesting, his economic numbers have gone up. but i do think, you know, one thing our pollsters opponent out is once an action occurs if president explains this to the american public, once things, if things end up happening, public opinion can flip on a dime. so this is the situation right now. it could change if strikes occur. >> a very changeable situation. nbc's mark murray. who pens "first read" that i always read. thank you. as the white house weighs its next move, officials are aware of the fact the international stakes are quite high, whether there's an attack or not. bobb
FOX News
Aug 25, 2013 11:00am EDT
result for american foreign policy and for that matter for the syrian people i think will turp out to be more bad than good, jaime. >> i imagine our troops and their families are keeping a close eye on this with concern. general, always an honor and privilege to have you with us. >> thank you, jaime. >> have a great day, sir. eric? >> jaime, there are some new fears this morning that that massive wildfire burning in yosemite national park, well the fire could actually threaten san francisco's water and power supply even though that city is 150 miles away. california's governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency for san francisco with just about 7% of the fire contained. it has been tearing through some of the most beautiful natural landscape in our nation. firefighters battling the raging fires and scrambling also to try and save thousands of homes. for the very latest let's go to dominic who joins us with an update. dominic, overnight the fire grew. what can you tell us? >> yes, it grew very large overnight, an additional 10,000 acres. it is now about 136 136,000 -- sorry
FOX Business
Aug 21, 2013 9:00pm EDT
for being with us. barack obama often mocks the foreign policy of president george w. bush. as president himself obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy flies. and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarrassing consequences. former egyptian president, president obama held for some from power more than two years ago. to the was ordered to be released from prison. he is to be released within 48 hours. his release is another slap in the
FOX Business
Aug 22, 2013 7:00pm EDT
another possible reason that the president's foreign policy is so incoherent and ineffective that members of his own administration seem uninformed. today state department news conference on syria and so-called red lines featured as a shocking contradiction from spokesperson jan psyche. take a lesson. >> the red line is the use of chemical weapons. that was crossed a couple of months ago. the president took action, which we talked at the time. lou: confident in her assessment that syria had already crossed that red line and that the obama administration has responded until a few moments later when she offered up this blatant contradiction. >> we still believe that they don'tthave the capability to use chemical weapons. that has not changed. again, we're looking into the facts on the ground. there is no reason if there is nothing to hide for the regime not to let the investigative team and. lou: what is going on? the state department does not seem to know either way. thankfully president obama announced after that he has directed intelligence agencies to find out what is happened again. ad
FOX Business
Aug 25, 2013 10:00pm EDT
senator and candidate often mocked the foreign policy of president george w. bush. but as president himself, obama cannot escape his mounting foreign policy folies and he and his administration and the american people are now bearing the embarssing consequences.% . former egyptian president hosni mubarak, president obama helped force him from power more than two years ago, today was ordered to be released from prison by an egyptian court. to be released within 48 hours. mubarak's release is another slap in the face for mr. obama. it
FOX News
Aug 25, 2013 8:00am PDT
president obama has taken a measured, if not timid, stance in this critical foreign policy crisis. parades of u.s. officials have pleaded with general al-sisi to stop the murder, but to no veil. he trained at the u.s. army war college and is wide in american interests. but what are the american interests? most important is our relationship with israel. the lynch pin of u.s. strategy designed to preserve peace. the camp david accord signed in 1979 remain the bedrock of egypt's treaty with israel. two years after he signed this milestone in arab israeli history, he paid with his life for signing it. there is also a question of u.s. access to the suez canal, a crucial link for oil and gas headed to europe, asia and the united states. and finally, there is the looming presence of al-qaeda in the sinai peninsula. there is a depleted and permanently chaotic egypt. if anyone has any doubts about the nature of the muslim brotherhood, consider the frenzied burning and looting of dozens of christian churches these past weeks. there are no jews around to kill. they have long left. so the dwi
FOX News
Aug 30, 2013 3:00pm PDT
with "the new york times" said if you think of foreign policy as a tool box, there are a whole range of options. there's that phrase again. convene allies, impose sanctions, jam hate radio, there's always something you can do. is the obama administration foreign policy based on samantha power's view? >> no, i don't think so. if it was, we would have been intervening earlier and doing more than we are contemplating doing now. i think charles is exactly right. the question is the president announces he intends this to be a shot across the bow. the problem is a shot across the bow implies if they don't heed the warnings, syrians don't heed the warnings, there's a lot more coming. the president already made clear there's not more coming. what if bashar al assad uses chemical weapons again. what will president obama do? he announced to the world he has no stomach to do more. will he do more? the red line is breached. will it matter it is breached again? it has been breached before this attack. >> i mean, i think we don't know how strong this retaliation, if any, will be. we're all a
PBS
Aug 23, 2013 7:00pm PDT
himself? >> he is leaning toward noninvolvement. the trajectory of his life, the focus of foreign-policy aspirations, the reality of where the u.s. is right now. the attempt to give it the focus of u.s. foreign policy away from the middle east towards the pacific, towards asia, where he grew up in indonesia and hawaii. this has been his lifelong trajectory, and i think his instinct is to not get involved in another war in this part of the world. >> only one person needs to be convinced of chemical weapons. vladimir putin. obama has made himself irrelevant. russia's foreign minister speaking off, calling for dialogue, urging for authorities to cooperate with weapons inspectors. the office also putting out statements like this one. we believe it calls for some european countries to put pressure on the un security council. the use of force is unacceptable. >> the russian game is now a bit complicated. it has been said that they are bucking the regime, which is true. but this question is not very clear what they are expecting. they probably won't accept intervention from the u.s. or the europeans. at th
PBS
Aug 28, 2013 1:00am PDT
future? we have foreign policy decisions that are going to need to be made for reasons other than core economics and obviously, we'll have to manage accordingly. in terms of fed tapering, as treasury secretary, no comment on monetary policy, but i will focus on core economics. >> now, one other thing on the fed, i asked jack lu whether he thought larry summers could do an effective job if he's the president's choice and he was the soul of discretion. he said i'll keep my advice on the fed where it belongs in the privacy of the oval office. >> john, let me circle back to what he said about not negotiating about this debt ceiling. did you get any sense that there might be some chances of a short-term deal. i mean, reading between the lines, is there some flexibility to negotiating something? >> there will be a short-term deal on government funding, the c.r. continuing resolution. they aren't likely to settle issues by september, and what i'm hearing from some of the administration is the prospect of a deal for a couple of months, maybe through the end of the year. that's when they w
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 6:30pm PDT
. >> thanks so very much. >> meanwhile, european union foreign policy chief has asked for an immediate and thorough investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria. ashton said their deployment by either side was totally unacceptable. >> she was speaking as eu foreign ministers had gathered for an emergency meeting on the power struggle in egypt. here's more in brussels. >> the eu originally called the extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation in egypt, but the news from serious jumped to the top of the agenda. ministers described the allegations as grave and alarming. >> france condemns in the strongest terms the massacre in damascus and demands an immediate investigation. >> there is no excuse for the syrian regime not to provide access to the area and for the united nations team in damascus now to assess the use of chemical weapons, so we are pursuing this with our partners at the security council. >> ministers to discuss their response to the spiraling conflict in egypt. they condemned the ongoing violence but opted to keep all channels of communication open. the
CNBC
Aug 30, 2013 5:00pm EDT
the right as well. john mccain and lindsey graham two prominent republicans on foreign policy came out with a statement a short while ago, saying from their point of view the limited action the president is contemplateing would not be enough to take out the assad regime. they want more. >> thank you very much for that update. for more insight on how the crisis in syria will play out politically and militarily let's welcome medal of honor recipient, colonel jack jacobs. a pleasure to have you with us. >> thanks. >> it sounds like a matter of time when something will happen. how do you see this playing out? >> it will be all cruise missiles, all installations like air fields some command and control installations as long as they're not around people and populated areas and mobile missile launches to the extent we can identify them with satellites, but that's it. it may run one to three days as long as that. but that's all it takes. >> so in your view it is realistic to say this is a limited commitment for a limited amount of time and there will be for the boots on the ground? >> abso
NBC
Aug 26, 2013 5:00pm PDT
of state john kerry i should a statement which many foreign policy experts believe signal it was united states is now willing to use military action in response to what's now believed to be syrian government using chemical weapons. nbc steve handelsman has more. >> a dramatic change of tone. secretary of state john kerry angrily asserted the syrian government used chemical weapons. >> it's inexcusable and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. >> reporter: ker riff said he watched the unverified video one for gut-wraenching time. >> as a father i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead k450ish8d wailing as chaos swirled around him. >> reporter: he indicated the syrian government will pay. >> president obama believe there is must be accountability for those who would eyes the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: president obama kept to his schedule awarding a medal of honor and every indication says he'll order u.s. military action against sear you. options are s
PBS
Aug 21, 2013 5:30pm PDT
suspension goes ahead. eu foreign policy chief catherine ashton said she's prepared to play a mediating role, but ashton has failed so far to end the violence despite visiting cairo twice last month. >>> a chinese communist party boss is set to go on trial within hours in the most politically charged case in decades. bo xilai faces charges of embezzlement and abuse of pow oer. he allegedly earned about $4 million in public money. his wife was convicted of killing a british businessman. and he got caught up in a number of other scandals. in september, communist leade expell himrom the party. bo was one of the so-called princelings, children of senior party officials. he was widely expected to join the standing committee of the politburo until his downfall. still he remains popular among some party officials and the people he served. security is tight around the court in the eastern city of zinnen. they have cleared room for the many fourn journalists who want to cover the trial. zi gin ping has cracked down on corruption rampant among party officials. >>> a bus carrying a group of touris
NBC
Aug 30, 2013 4:00am PDT
lost control of foreign policy at a critical time. in the papers today, illustrate that as well. i'll just show you wan here. the humbling of cameron. if you can see that one. and another one here, pm humiliated. cam down. so really a bad day for mr. cameron. of course, it raises questions about the special relationship that britain enjoys with the u.s. mr. cameron, though, has just spoken and said that he feels he has no reason to apologize to mr. obam athobama, that the pre will respect the vote in the british parliament. >> annabelle roberts, thank you. >>> an historic settlement in the nfl concussion lawsuit. a $765 million settlement was reached in the case brought by almost 4500 former players. it breaks down to about $170,000 per athlete with $675 million going to former players and their families. $75 million will be spent on medical exams. $10 million for research and education. and additional $5 million for players who develop cognitive impairments. tony dorsett and jim mcmahon sued the league over the negligent treatment and misinformation regarding head trauma. many cited
MSNBC
Aug 30, 2013 2:30am PDT
by the president's foreign policy team where they were told president obama believes beyond a doubt that the syrian government was responsible for last week's chemical attack that killed more than 1,000 people. still they were told the president has not made a final decision on the timing or scope of my military operation. more than 100 lawmakers including 21 democrats signed a letter saying president obama needs authorization from congress before moving forward with air strikes in syria. so there's more fallout to talk about from the edward snowden leaks. "the washington post" has obtained new details about what it describes as a black budget for the u.s. spy agency. here is a list of some of their revelations. the u.s. has spent more than half a trillion dollars on the national intelligence program following the 9/11 attacks and that inluds 16 spy agencies. for the 2013 fiscal year, $52 billion was all located. the agency is investing in surveillance against key targets of russia, china, cuba and israel. now "the washington post" reported it's withholding some information after ta
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